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appointing our next u.s. senator to be congressman, tim scott. [applause] many people have asked what went into this decision process, and it was pretty simple. he understands the strength that we need to have in our business community as we continue to focus on jobs. he has shown that with his support of the ports and knowing that the deepening needs to be there. he is sewn couraged when he helped us with the fight against the national relations board and the unions that tried to take boeing down. he has shown it with his fiscal representation and the fact that he knows the value of a dollar. he understands what every family and small business goes through, and he has stayed consistent to that. it also shows you the fact that this man loves south carolina, and he is very aware that what he does and every vote he makes affects south carolina and affects our country. so it was with that that i knew that he was the right person. i have no doubt that he will fly now 2014. i am strongly convinced that i and the entire state understands that this is the right u.s. senator for our state and for
to you our senate- elect tim scott. >> thank you. \[applause] >> thank you. thank y'all very much. before we get started, i was thinking that this is a great day of celebration in many, many ways. but our nation still mourns. and i wanted to take a moment of silence for newtown, connecticut. if you'd join me, please. \[moment of silence] >> thank you. i will tell you that this is an exciting day for many, many reasons, but for me, the first thing i wanted to say is just thank you to my lord and savior, jesus christ, to be honest with you. \[applause] i believe that when you start out in a single-parent household with a mom who works 16 hours a day and you're looking at a future that doesn't look as bright and you're living in north charleston, south carolina, you build a strength that comes from ching the appreciation and understanding that is not about you, it's about your faith, it's about your family. and i love my mother, who's here with me, frances scott, and i'm very thankful to the good lord and to a strong mom who believes that sometimes love has to come at the end of a switch, an
, and the only black senator currently serving. tim scott will be the seventh black senator in the nation's history and on three occasions have african-americaning been elected to the upper chamber. only one time has a blaek senator been both elected and re-elected. the governor is aware and she sounded self-conscious about the governor reerting an eastern american. >> it is very important to me as a minority female that congressman scott earned this seat. he earned this seat for the person that he is. he earned this seat for the results that he has shown. he earned this seat for what i know he's going to do in making south carolina and making our country proud. >> right now i want to bring in atlanta's democratic mayor, founder and president of the center for social inclusion a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting social and economic inequality. and kevin alexander grey. a attorney from south carolina and great to have you here. >> i wish i were an attorney. >> so, tell me this. what was your reaction on that nikki haley clip? >> what is going on in this? what is the subtext of t
the nomination of the g.o.p.'s first black senator since the 70s, desperate and referring to tim scott as a token. mia love joinsous that and then... >> caught on cam remarks have you seen the violence in michigan between pro-union protesters and right-to-workers. and new evidence that shows how crazy it's gotten. breaking news in the fiscal cliff crisis. speaker barron killing the vote on his plan "b." look. >> so here we are, ladies and gentlemen... in what appears to many to be dark days. the president is determined to leap off the cliff. >> what the american people are watching right here, right now is the tragic comedy because the other side knows quite well that even if this legislation passes the house today, it is going nowhere. >> president obama and if senate democrats haven't done much of anything. >> this is not a plan -- it's a ploy. >> people are not blaming obama for any of this mess yet. >> two republicans take up our bill in the house, the one that passed here, there is nothing to discuss. we are not taking up any of the things they are working on. >> this idea of passing plan "b
to 1791. more than 125 years later, south carolina republican congressman tim scott could be just the second in the 220-year history of the senate. there have only been a handful of black senators. roland burris, barack obama, senator braun, and senator bronze. politico says this about tim scott, it's scott's ability to articulate among the poor that put him ahead of the pact. he grew up in poverty and was raised by a single mother. on morning joe it was said this about his republican colleague. >> i like tim scott because he's a good guy. he doesn't say crazy things. he doesn't attack people with nasty labels. so he's a good guy. keep in mind, however, that -- and i think this is a mistake that the republican party has made. they assume that if they reach out to african-americans, meaning running radio spots on black radio, that's reaching out. that's not. there are policy changes that are going to take place and tim scott is going to have the policies that demint had. >> joining me now is melissa harris perry which airs on msnbc. melissa, good to see you. could he be transformat
. >>> republicans make history with the addition of congressman tim scott to the senate. what it means for the gop. that coming up next. [ female announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. it has 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day 50+. you're playing tomorrow. [ coughs ] ♪ you can't let a cold keep you up tonight. [ snores ] vicks nyquil. powerful nighttime 6-symptom cold & flu relief. ♪ [ sniffles, coughs ] excuse me. i need something for my cold symptoms. [ sniffles ] we've got dayquil for day and nyquil for night. [ thuds ] you didn't see that. [ male announcer ] right now at walgreens dayquil and nyquil are just $10.99 with card. >> it is with great pleasure that i am announcing -- that i'm appointing our next u.s. senator to be congressman tim scott. [ applause ] >> south carolina governor nikki haley making an appointment to replace jim demint. it makes congressman tim scott the first black senator from south dakota since the reconstruction.
's probably going to be representative tim scott. tim scott is perhaps best known for joining allen west in refusing to participate in the congressional black caucus and, also for suggesting impeachment of the president as he unilaterally increased the -- if heun lat unilaterally increased the debt limit. he has the backing for the club for growth. he would be the senate's only african-american member and only the g.o.p.'s second african-american senator since reconstruction. some have suggested that nikki haley, herself would run but she told a local radio station today that that wasn't even an option. here is an option that she does have. today, steven colbert tweeted, "waiting on your call nikki haley, i would like to get this wrapped up before dinner. thanks. he is from south carolina. he might be the most serious candidate out there. who knows? joining me is adam beam the political reporter for the state newspaper in south carolina via skype from columbia south carolina. adam, thanks so much for being here? >> thanks for having me. >> okay. so what is
that decision within a week. among the names in the mix, congressman tim scott, former congressman barrett, henry mcmaster who was a candidate for governor in 2010, nathan ballentine and ted pitts. now many conservatives made it clear that they prefer tim scott and are bordering on strong-arming nikki haley, trying to box her into doing it after demint's announcement. look at the statement scott himself released. quote, looking forward. governor haley will now appoint a new senator and i nknow she will make the right choice for south carolina and the nation. the question is whether haley will opt to name a place holder or someone who has the credibility and resourceses to defend the seat in the election it self. one person who could not suppress his glee yesterday telling politico he fell off the couch when demint told him he was leaving, south carolina senator lindsey graham who has been watching his back expecting a conservative challenge in 2014. >> i met with jim demint this morning and to say i was stunned is an understatement. i think we've done a pretty good job for south carolina,
should pick tim scott for that seat. also a tea party candidate and he's african-american. what a great opportunity. that i got criticized for not diversifying and anybody that wasn't white. now you have an indian female governor appointing an african-american governor. gwen: the first since reconstruction. >> right, in south carolina. that has to sort of blow your mind. the other piece of this is getting to the point about where the tea party is the talk of rebranding, a positive agenda and all of this. and yet every single one of those republicans who's sitting at the table right now listening to boehner talking about what the deal is going to be. they are much more worried about a primary challenge than worried about what this is going to look like in terms of their overall brand to the rest of the country. so if jim demint decides to use this perch -- by the way, he's also making a million dollars in this new job. if he decides to punish thousand republicans who stray by compromising, the tea party still stays in -- >> he thought he could be nor effect outside the senate than inside
continue to get written and are implemented. >> susan? >> i also agree with pat on tim scott. he's got great communication skills and i think he will articulate the views of the tea party who have lately been drowned out in congress. so he's going to be a good addition. >> i'm going to ask you for the envelope in a moment susan. clarence? >> i figured someone would guess tim scott before i'd get to him i'm going to say senator joe manchin from west virginia whose flip on the gun issue lifelong nra member, he's carving out that kind of middle ground politics that i think america is looking for right now. and i think we're going to hear more from him. >> good. we'll all be waiting for that. what's his name? >> joe manchin. >> joe manchin. senator from west virginia. >> thanks for the tip. the envelope please? thank you susan. carman -- >> car mac the magnificent. all right we've got here destined for political stardom in 2013. this is definitely conmac. wednesday way la's -- venezuela's hugo chavez. >> stardom? >> you better get the vice president john. >> his populous legacy will live o
him, tim scott of south carolina. >> no, senator select. tim scott has to run for real in 2014. unlike herman cane, al nl keys, allen west, the defeated congressman from florida, tim scott is someone who's considered to be serious. so it would be interest g to watch how this serious black republicans. >> you're right that he is going to come out as a progres soar. another big moment is when clint eastwood would change the way we view chairs. bla >> what do you want me to tell romney? i can't tell him. can't do that to himself. yeah, that's crazy. you're absolutely crazy. >> so in his honor, we will be awarding the clint eastwood empty chair award for the best performance for not showing up. >> this is just about waving a tar baby in the air and saying something else is the problem. >> you are not allowed to be president if you were not born in this coin tri. >> and the re varksvvie goes to other than donald trump who was out of it the entire year. we'll have more revvies right after this. >> the revvies will return with a blueberry pie lifetime achievement award. but, first, the lost t
tim scott to replace jim demint. he would be the first african-american gop senator since 1979. >>> lawmakers are looking how much the northeast needs to rebuild after superstorm sandy. why the $60 billion price tag is being questioned by some. >>> new violence in syria's government. the latest target of military airstrikes coming up next hour. jon: president obama leading the nation in healing after the connecticut school massacre saying friday was the most difficult day of his presidency. meeting with families of victims before attending an interfaith service where he ended the speech slowly reading the first names of 20 children that were killed while cries and sobs filled the room. kelly wright is live at white house the peel of newtown obviously still in a state of shock, kelly. did the president's appearance help ease their pain? >> reporter: jon, i would say many lawmakers agree in fact the president's there did bring some easing of the pain, some comfort to the families that are still dealing with this tragedy. the commander in chief was a parent in chief as he visited
who think it could be tim scott, the little country congressman tea party favorite. it would allow the governor to say she appointed the only black senator in the entire u.s. senate. if it's not you, who else is a front runner? >> certainly the list is long. tim scott is a remarkable personal story, and karen understands this, when you do politics in the state, you make a lot of friends. and right now there are a lot of qualified people. tim scott just got on ways and means. insiders understand the importance of that to a state. he certainly has rock star status here regardless of what happens. good pick, former attorney general, former county governor. there is a long bench of republican conservatives here that want that. and the governor's going to have her pick. you know, we'll just see how that plays out. i think she's going to do it pretty quick. i think it'll be interesting to see what they do for 2014, because now lindsey's got a seat up and lindsey's tough as a tiger electorally, but that does -- and let me mix this in, karen. that moves presidential primary politics quicke
tim scott to replace jim demint. and scott will be the only african american in the senate and one of only a handful in the history of the senate. who will replace scott may be the question here. ? well there's certainly any number of candidates, strom thurmond ran against tim scott before. there's always the possibility, mark san ford, this will be a hotly contested race. if they can clear the field, remains to be seen. it's certainly a hot seat, it's interesting for house republicans that are looking for leadership these days. tim scott was a guy that you would have tapped as a future leader in the house of representatives and now has a possibility of being a leader in the senate. >> if he comes back from the scandal, that is an eye opener. let's go to newark, new jersey, may or booker who was talked about as running for the governor of new jersey, shifting gears here. >> it will be tough, it looks right now to beat chris christie who is popular because of his handling of the hurricane sandy disaster. now, in the case, the question is, will the incumbent senator, who is going tur
details about a conservative. >> all things are truly possible in this situation. -- nation. >> tim scott grew up in poverty but with a single mother who refuse to do give up on him will be the first african american u.s. senator in south carolina history. >> the fact that you have a black u.s. senator means you have someone who presents literally a different face on the party if you will and perhaps can relate to currently nonrepublican voters. >> she asked scott to fill the seat of jim demint she is aware it makes history but that didn't drive her decision. >> it is very important to me as a minority female that congressman scott earned this seat. he learned this seat for the person that he is. he earned this seat for the results he has shown. >> social and fiscal conservatives praised the pick. pro-life susan b. anthony list said quote congressman tim scott's rise to the senate is great news for the country and pro-life movement. martin of the tea party patriot said it is positive set for the tea party patriots for constitutionally limited government and free market. today scott who wi
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there. actually, representative tim scott is the favorite there. representative from charleston to succeed demint. we don't know who the governor will choose. but why demint left and going to the heritage foundation is an interesting surprising choice. we're back with the panel. byron, it shocked people in town. >> it shocked me. >> this is what happens when parties lose. and it doesn't look good. they picked up all the seats in the senate in 2010. went backward in 2012. doesn't look great going forward. some of the leading lights then start looking at other things. this is certainly the case with demint. i asked him after your interview here, i asked him, look, would you done this if republicans had won control of the senate? he said if we controlled the senate and romney were president, it would be a different question altogether. >> bret: juan, you know, some people were critical. saying he did it for the money. you know, leaving the senate. and byron saying being in the minority is a bummer. others say this is a brilliant move. he can influence the party. eric said minut dem
, getting all snarky about this african-american making it to the senate? we report. today tim scott responds. [ male announcer ] more than a security system, adt can help you turn on a few lights. access cameras from anywhere to help you keep an eye on things. even bring family in from the cold when you're not there. now get the advanced technology of adt starting at just $99 and save $300. with adt, you get 24/7 fast response monitoring that helps protect you from burglary, fire, and high levels of carbon monoxide. plus remote access to your home. even control your thermostat to help save energy and money. get adt installed starting at just $99. that's a $300 savings. you may even save up to 20% on your homeowners insurance. for everything that matters most. adt. always there. >> give president obama a heartfelt message from the good people of south carolina. hit the road, jack! and don't you come back no more no more no more. thank you. >>neil: rebel that from the republican convention? he can't sing. but that did not step tim scott from making history because the south carolina r
balanced because they counted interest. when we come back, tim scott, another senator. more from "the gaggle." busy week. >>> it is very important to me as a minority female that congressman scott earned this seat. he earned the seat for the person that he is. he earned the seat for the results he has shown. he earned this seat for what i know he's going to do in making south carolina and making our country proud. >> let's bring back "the gaggle," daniela gibbs-leger. a.b. stoddard. >> we know we have issues with nonwhite america. >> yes. >> can tim scott help? >> no. and i feel -- i felt pained when i heard her have to keep saying "he earned it, he earned you h? that republicans have been good about putting people of color on stage and they deserve some credit for that. but when you look at their po policies, that's what turns off people of color. >> that has been the issue. as daniela points out, the people on stage look like america. president bush's cabinet looked like america. but it is not translating. >> well, also, the democrats heavily target the black republicans in congres
daniel inouye. >>> tim scott cause picked to replace retiring senator demint. >>> and one that still needs to be decided t. massachusetts will have a special especs to replace john kerry. actor ben affleck is no longer in the mix. he took his name out of the running there. >>> a busy day, given it's a thursday as we watched the senate get back to work and hopefully cobble something together. brian schatz will be sworn in today. he tweeted just had a nice conversation brief chat with the president this morning. was schatz the best choice? >> it seems like it. he's very family to hawaiians, and most importantly he's a democrat. clearly in the context of senator unoway's passing, it seems only appropriate. he's going to support the president's 'enda, one would think as a united states senator, you would be reporting the agenda of your constituents, which may be in line with the president -- i'm not trying to say it's not, but my point is it seems appropriate. >>> all threw of us you are aware of what inouye had asked. he asked the governor of hawaii name colleen hanabusa to be his succe
, tim scott, a second-term about to be member of congress who is also african-american? you can make history by having the first african-american senator from south carolina. there is no african-american in the senate at present. so that might be a way to benefit the party as well. so there are lots of ways to look at this. certainly jim demint has done something he's quite good at, making headlines. >> kelly you, read my mind. chuck, do think the politics of the appointment, nikki nailly will make an appointment. tim scott, african-american tea party credential. demint made clear in private to folks in south carolina that's who he wants. walk us through politics of an appointment and whether we're right to think scott's at the front of the line. >> it's bordering on strong arming nikki haley, i'm stunned how quickly this is a public movement where she is almost being boxed in to do this. even tim scott's statement was rather aggressive, if you will. ditto with jim demint and all of this. i want to say one thing on an aside. if i were a young political reporter i'd move to the state
pressure group instead. south carolina's governor has said that she will name congressman tim scott to take over jim demint's seat in the senate since demint is leaving. that frees up tim scott's seat in the house. do you want to know what's going to happen to tim scott's seat in the house? nbc news can confirm that former south carolina governor mark sanford is planning to run for that house seat. it does not include part of the appalachian trail. as far as i know. but i'm going to look it up. we'll be right back. >>> south carolina's governor has said that she has named scott to take over his seat in the senate. that frees up tim scott's seaten the house. >>> president ronald reagan was re-elected in 1980. you don't wait for the second term to get started you get on it both to give yourself time to get those nominees elected but frankly because the country gave you a national endorsement by re-electing you. you would like to name that nominee quickly after the election. your plit kal capital after the election. ronald reagan was elected in 1984 by a lot. within 23 days he had named his no
in 1959. senator patrick leahy takes ove over. the governor will make the call. >>> nikki haley chose tim scott as the state's next start replacing jim demint. that makes scott the state's first black governor. >>> two nasa sprays craft named ebb and flow were intentionally craft into the moon yesterday. they had circled the moon almost a year. the area where they crashed was not one where others have landed before. >>> over to wall street. the dow opens at 13,235. the s&p climbed 16. and the nasdaq jumped 39. overseas, nikkei gained 94 points but the hang seng lost 18. >>> traders paused for a moment of silence. stocks of gun makers continued to slide. smith & wesson down 8%. pension giant california state teachers' retirement system is reviewing a $400 million firm. which owns bushmaster. meanwhile, walmart has pulled that same assault rifle from its stores. >>> and gas prices are falling. the national average is just under $3.25 a gallon. for the first time this year, all 50 states have gas below $4. >>> banks rose monday and they could see a record fourth quarter. morningen stanley wa
scott. tim scott went on the record . >> governor, nice to see both of you. >> hey, greta. how are you? >> i am well. this is an exciting day for south carl scarl and first freck freck senator from the south since 1881 and the first freck freck gop septemberor in the senate since 1979. i take it. even though it is fun to be first. it is not the reason you chose congressman scott. >> what we were looking for south carl exarl and the country was leader and congressman scott showed leadership on the way he moved up through the house leadership without compromising his courage. he fought against raising the debt soling. he's done all of that in a way to make south carolina provide. >> they have a point of this. and what he earned it for the person he is. and aaroned it for the results he's provep and continue to earn it for the leadership we shows. the only thing we want on you to take out of the minoritiuation. only in this country an indian woman become governor and freck freck to be fran congress. >> when did the governor call you and what did she say to you? >> it was late yesterday ev
.s. senator for her state and her country. south carolina governor nikki haley picking tim scott to replace outgoing senator jim demint. scott vowing to continue focusing on our country's soaring debt. >> no matter how much we increase taxes it will not have a dint on the deficit. for us to close the gap we are going to have to have a serious discussion about spending reform. >>> scott will become the fist black senator from line gnaw. he will have to run again for 2014. >> he will be home for christmas. former president george h.w. bush expected to be released from the hospital in the next week. the 41st president is being treated for a bronchitis related cough. he has been in the hospital since november 23rdrd. but doctors say he is continuing to make progress. >>> one of our nation's wounded warriors will be having an extra special christmas this year. he will finally be able to walk on his own again. last christmas day corporal was hit with an i eastbounding d and lost one of his legs. this year he's learning to use his brand new prosthetic leg. >>> a year after you get injured or whate
the possibility of tim scott. that would mean he would be the first african-american senator in the republican party from south carolina, certainly, since reconstruction and the first african-american in the senate in two years. well, last night, south carolina native stephen colbert said he had an idea who should fill the seat, and it wasn't tim scott. >> who will she pick? let's see, you want somebody young, somebody conservative, somebody from south carolina, maybe somebody who had a super pac. wait a second. [ cheers and applause ] watch where you point that thing, it's powerful! okay. >>> new jersey governor chris christie visited the white house yesterday, making his case to president obama to get more federal aid for victims of hurricane sandy. president obama's expected to ask congress for an additional $50 billion to help states hit by the october storm, but christie says sandy will cost new jersey alone up to $37 billion. new york governor andrew cuomo and new york city mayor michael bloomberg also made similar trips to d.c. recently to push for more federal support. >>> after a dela
of ethnic and racial backgrounds were most likely to be the leaders whether it is tim scott or marco rubio, brian sandoval, these are people who e wide looked at bipartisan fashion. with that as for theoleaders in america. they're all republicans. gerri: it is really fascinating. this to say about the selection. >> while i get this minority female, that is at everybody wants to talk about, i want to remind everybody h earned this for the person he is, he earned proven and he will continue to earn it for the leadershileadershi p that he showed. gerri: what do you think of the street credit? speak of the fact he is an articulate and forceful proponent of small government conservatism and an avatar of the tea party movement itself secondarily is he brings bring some level of diversity. the look of the kind of things about tim scott entered congress, who are the people who really have been looking at, the most likely leaders to emerge from this class? well the first people named from the very beginning. the way he makes the argument. gerri: his background fascining. he was not successful right
to know about the benghazi incident. >>> plus, interesting reaction this week after tim scott was chosen to replace outgoing senator jim demint. as some praised the move, a new york times op-ed suggests it is just another, quote, token appointment. michelle malkin reacts. >>> and the heart warming story of a little girl who gets a very special early christmas president. we have the can't-miss soldier reunion. >> welcome home, daddy. welcome home, daddy. i miss him so much. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold, and i took nyquil, but i'm still "stubbed" up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have a decongestant. no way. [ male announcer ] sorry. alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms plus has a fast acting decongestant to relieve your stuffy nose. [ sighs ] thanks! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] to learn more about the cold truth and save $1 visit alka-seltzer on
congressman chris van hollen, rick scott, christiane amanpour, tom cole, and newly named senator tim scott and brad garrett will join us. wednesday, december 19th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome back, everybody. our "starting point" is the state department. now blasted for systemic failures that led to the deadly september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. an independent review board determining that security at the physician facility grossly inadequate that leaders in washington ignored repeated requests to add personnel there and after the tragedy that claimed four american lives, there was a lack of transparency, responsiveness, and leadership at the senior levels in libya, and in washington, d.c. our foreign affairs reporter elise lab bot live in washington this morning. what happens next after this report? >> well, soledad, the panel made about 29 recommendations for the state department to get working on. let me go over a few of them quickly. first of them is to strengthen security personnel for the high-threat post. one problem, the consulate relied on t
carolina governor niki haley has chosen representative tim scott to replace jim demint in the senate. scott is a tea party backed conservative and he would be the first african-american senator in that state's history. he is also the only african- american senator to serve in the upcoming 113th congress. scott will take office in january after demint resigned to take the helm of a conservative think tank the heritage town daition -- foundation. >>> there is some good news to report for ex-president george h.w. bush. after three weeks in the hospital, doctors expect he will be able to celebrate the hl dows at home -- holidays at home. the 88-year-old former president is being treated for a bronchitis-related cough. doctors are now working to improve his physical strength before he's released. >>> coming up on 9news now, fiscal cliff notes. house speaker john boehner and president obama hold more talks. we'll have the latest on the negotiations. >>> as -- as if the grief couldn't get any greater in newtown, connecticut today marked the first two funerals. you know our colleague and reporter d
have very strong contender in representative tim scott, nick mulvaney, barrett, nathan valentine, haley's deputy chief of staff pits. what do you think is the current horse race here? >> it's tough because nikki haley marches to the beat of her own drum and could throw a curveball. with that, conservatives, a number have made clear that they prefer tim scott. he has a very strong story to tell. he would be fective and i think that, you know, this is a topic of discussion throughout the day, senators who are appointed and then try to get elected, don't always have the greatest level of success. i don't think that would be the case here. i think tim scott would do well and get elected. but there are other options. i think it is going to -- a couple competing forces. there's senator lindsey graham who would love to see his primary be avoided, nikki haley could buy herself political help with what she does. those will be the main factors. >> thank you so much, maggie haberman. massive protests as the political crisis gross in egypt today. we're live in cairo next. plus, tragic news out of l
appointed tim scott. >> which is very interesting first african american senator to represent this state for south carolina. and his seat, he will vacate that as early as january 2 that would open up the house seat which is whole other story. which is so fascinating if you'll have fully lex for that seat in 2014. also in 2014 senator lindsey graham is up for re-election. we don't know for sure if he's going to run, but conservatives have been challenging him in pry mother for a long time. they don't view him as conservative enough. which jim was a very conservative senator all in favor of conservative primaries getting the more moderate republicans. this is going to be two very interesting, very competitive races in a state that's not necessarily very competitive in the national landscape. >> ifill: who wants their job, who wants lindsey graham's job and who wants tim scott's job? >> now that tim scott is appointed, it's obviously very early to tell but i don't think he'll get as much as primary challenge. he's very -- pretty well regarded among conservatives in the state. lindsey grah
.s. senator to be congressman tim scott. >> that was south carolina governor nikk haley moments ago announcing her pick to replace senator jim demint. according to state law, tim scott will hold that seat until 2014 when voters choose who serves out the remainder of the term. two weeks ago senator demint announced he was resigning in order to take a position at the heritage foundation. in a statement demint called tim scott a "principled leader and an important voice for conservatives across the nation." coming up, as america mourns the victims of the sandy hook shooting, the story that had most of the -- the story that most of the country had been focused on has rightly remained on the sidelines. will washington put aside the squabbling and reach a deal on the fiscal cliff? we will ask luke russert just ahead. oh...there you go. wooohooo....hahaahahaha! i'm gonna stand up to her! no you're not. i know. you know ronny folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than a witch in a broom factory. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes cou
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